Olivier Giroud became the third fastest Arsenal player to score 50 Premier League goals for the Gunners (only behind Thierry Henry and Ian Wright) when he scored from the spot in the 8th minute.
English forward, Theo Walcott skips past Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton, who brings down Walcott in the box. Referee Kevin Friend whistled for a penalty. The Villa fans were furious about the referee’s decision because he initially waved Arsenal appeals away before changing his mind to reward the Gunners.
The in-form Giroud stepped up to convert from the spot to put the Gunners noses in front amid moans and groans from the home crowd.
Arsenal nearly doubled their lead in the 20th minute when Olivier Giroud beat Villa goalkeeper, Brad Guzan to the ball in the air, but Gestede managed to head away the ball which was heading towards the yawning net.
Aston Villa responded quickly in the 22nd minute, but Jordan Ayew saw his side-footed effort missed the post after Petr Cech had palmed Gestede’s shot to the Black Stars striker’s direction.
Arsenal took control of the game stroking the ball around with ease whiles Aston Villa were chasing shadows.
With Arsenal teasing and toying Aston Villa with the ball, a second goal was just a matter of time. Aaron Ramsey extended the visitor’s lead in the 38th minute with an assist from German pass master, Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal looked a little rattled from the break as Villa retained possession with the home crowd getting behind them. In the 53rd minute, Jordan Ayew supplied a through pass to Scott Sinclair, but the Aston Villa forward could not control the ball.
Villa came close from scoring in the 62nd minute through Bacuna but his curled shot from outside the post missed the target just about six inches.
Aston Villa pressed forward a couple of times in the second half, but they lacked the killer instinct at the final third to do the damage and thus could not even get a consolation as Arsenals go top of the Premier League table with a comfortable win.
By El-Amisty Nobo/newsghana.com.gh